1827 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Finch

Alexander Dyce, in Specimens of British Poetesses, selected and chronologically arranged (1827) 134.



ANNE, COUNTESS OF WINCHELSEA, ... died 1720, was the daughter of Sir William Kingsmill, of Sidmonton, in the county of Southampton. She was maid of honour to the Dutchess of York, second wife of James II.; and married Heneage, second son of Heneage, earl of Winchelsea, to which title he succeeded on the death of his nephew. A collection of her poems was printed in 1713; several still remain unpublished.

"It is remarkable that, excepting a passage or two in the Windsor Forest of Pope, and some delightful pictures in the Poems of Lady Winchelsea, the poetry of the period intervening between the publication of the Paradise Lost and the Seasons does not contain a single new image of external nature." — WORDSWORTH (Essay in his Miscellaneous Poems).